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Apple iPhone 3G
Apple's iPhone 3G is allergic to iOS 4

Apple just can't catch a break these days when it comes to issues surrounding its iPhones. We all know about the problems involving the iPhone 4, but complaints have also been flooding in from iPhone 3G owners.

What seemed like a kind gesture by Apple to provide iOS 4 to owners of the two-year-old iPhone 3G is turning into a bit of a mess for the boys from Cupertino. Owners who have upgraded to the latest version of iOS are witnessing massive performance slowdowns, reduced battery life, and overheating machines.

The complaints started appearing on Apple-oriented discussion forums soon after the update was released; here are just a couple of examples from Mac Rumors and the official Apple Discussions forum (38 pages long, 36 pages long).

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is now looking into the problem, but declined to state anything more than that. IOS 4 for the iPhone 3G is already crippled relative to the versions available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (no multitasking, no home screen wallpapers), so it remains to be seen what else could be sacrificed to improve performance on the two-year-old phone that is using the same CPU/memory configuration as the original three-year-old iPhone.

TUAW has even made the recommendation that those who haven't upgraded to iOS 4 should stay far away.

Updated 7/29/2010 @ 9:48 am

Neowin reports of a "fix" for the performance problem that involves disabling Spotlight search on the phone. Many users are reporting that this restores performance:

To remedy the sluggish performance (or at least one cause of it) go to “Settings->General->Home Button->Spotlight Search-> deselect every option” and this will stop background indexing on the phone.

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3GS Isn't Much Better
By Aikouka on 7/28/2010 11:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 3GS and it's really not so rosey on this side either. I've noticed that multi-tasking seems to cause significant slowdown issues and sometimes apps simply refuse to work properly. How do you fix it? Simply open up the "task manager" and close the tons of apps that still reside in memory.

I really wish Apple would provide a white list feature if they're going to implement multi-tasking like this. That way, I could allow only a select few apps to store state data.

RE: 3GS Isn't Much Better
By kmmatney on 7/29/2010 12:30:19 AM , Rating: 2
it would be nice if you could set which apps multitask, and which ones don't. I've noticed that turning off Spotlight Search made my 3GS a bit snappier on iOS4. The camera still starts slower than before, though.

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